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Approval for abusive and misleading Church Society report from FIEC National Director John Stevens and ReNew Chair Rev William Taylor’s right hand man

The Church Society report by Lee Gatiss about the Andreyevs is misleading, inaccurate, defamatory, and a gross abuse of power by senior Christian leaders. Extensive written evidence of this can be found on this website. However, the publication of the Church Society report calls into question not only the integrity of Lee Gatiss and Church…

Dodgy data and fiddled figures in the Church Society report by Lee Gatiss

In the document written about my husband and me by Lee Gatiss for Church Society, the (now resigned) Churchwardens ‘report’ that during my husband’s time as vicar here, the electoral roll and church attendance shrank massively. However, the electoral roll and attendance figures quoted in the Church Society report are highly misleading. As Lee Gatiss…

‘The Churchwardens “report” that…’

I have been hesitant to write this blog post. This is because, over the past few years, I have tried as much as possible not to talk about particular individuals in the church at Stapenhill, despite the difficulty it has caused in telling our story. I have where possible spoken of ‘the group who bullied…

Fabricated ‘facts’ in the Lee Gatiss Church Society report

Both Church Society’s ‘full’ report about my husband and I and the ‘Executive Summary’ contain the false accusation of my husband’s supposed ‘inability to work with people’. This accusation comes from a letter written about my husband ‘to the Bishop of Derby (copying in the Archdeacon of Derby, the Bishop of Maidstone, and the Director…

Money, money, money

In August 2021, after I had spent almost three years trying to get Bishop Rod Thomas and Church Society senior leaders to address their abusive behaviour towards me, Church Society declined to engage with me or apologise, but instead published a report about me and my husband. The report was a thinly veiled attack on…

Observations by Dr. Valerie Hobbs on the recent Church Society report

Dr. Valerie Hobbs is a linguist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, where she researches and teaches on religious language and other kinds of discourse. She is the author of An Introduction to Religious Language (Bloomsbury, 2021). Here she offers some brief but striking observations on the August 2021 Church Society report about…

A guest post by David Brown

I’m a layman in contact with a few episcopally-abused clergy from different dioceses. The Church has defined a Code of Practice, covering the way the Clergy Discipline Measure is to be used. Tragically, the ministry of some targeted clergy has been demolished publicly by deviant processes. It is a cruel deviation, contrasting starkly with the…

More voices of the congregation (that were ignored and silenced by Church Society, Derby Diocese and the Bishop of Maidstone)

Why were these voices of the congregation excluded from the August Church Society report by Lee Gatiss about the Andreyevs? Lee Gatiss and other Church Society leaders were aware that these voices existed, but chose to smother them in favour of voices that better suited the Church Society narrative. Surely this deliberate omission raises questions…

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